Finding a Vein


Choosing the Right Limb

    • Do

    • Ask the patient about their preference of arm
    • Use the nondominant arm if possible
    • Don't

    • Absolutely do not use the same arm as an AV fistula
    • Don’t use the same arm as a past lymph node dissection or mastectomy
    • Don’t insert a PICC on the same side as a pacemaker
    • Don’t use a limb affected by stroke
    • Don’t insert a needle through a burn, oedema or infected tissue
    • Don’t use a limb that has a DVT
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